Sunday, June 10, 2007
VW Classic 2007: 1950 Tempo Matador
This truck is about as far from a VW 1500 as it gets, but I just had to post some photos of it. What an incredible restoration. The attention to detail is mindblowing. Jonny Lieberman and I saw it as soon as we entered the show, and we just stood there slackjawed like everyone else. Then we remembered to start taking pictures.
It's a strange looking thing, but the design has a great integrity. Tempo built the VW-based Matador from 1949–51, until VW stopped supplying engines due to its competition with with the Transporter. Less than 1400 were built and only a handful of them survive, making the high level of this restoration even more incredible. I believe that's the gas tank right behind the front sheet metal, in front of the driver (!). Love those suicide doors.
The interior is a little on the spartan side, as you'd expect.
The seat had been removed to reveal the 25hp engine mounted under the seat, under a transverse leaf spring with the transmission forward. It's a mid-engined front-wheel-drive aircooled VW truck. Strange and very, very cool.
A nice detail I've never seen before in photos is the design of the back of the cab, with its reference to the shape of the VW hood.
Everything about this one is right. No detail was overlooked, including the cargo.
To me it was the standout of the show. Makes the 1500 Ghia seem ordinary in comparison.